Lansdowne will rely on buses: Report

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Football fans better stock up on bus tickets.

The only practical way to get to the revitalized Lansdowne Park will be by bus, according to traffic strategies outlined in a city report.

“I’m not sure everybody who voted for Lansdowne is aware that they, in a sense, voted for something that will force them to take the bus,” said Capital Coun. David Chernushenko.

The transportation committee will be receiving recommendations from city staff at a meeting on Thursday.

With limited parking in the Glebe, all roads lead to riding OC Transpo.

Chernushenko says while he’s in favour of encouraging people to take public transit, the problem is, “they will have to be taking the exact same congested roads that we’ve just told car drivers, ‘don’t bother, ’cause the roads are congested.’ So that’s the real quandary.”

The National Capital Commission will be allowing shuttle buses — from Carleton University, City Hall, and even the CE Centre — on Queen Elizabeth Dr. for major events with 40,000 attending.

Those will likely take place a few times a year, said transportation committee chairwoman Marianne Wilkinson.

“Things are going to be pretty hectic, but other than those days, things should move pretty smoothly,” she said.

Chernushenko says he isn’t a fan of neighbouring roads running shuttles.

“I shudder to think what that would do for existing local businesses,” he said.

A viable option may be banning parking along Bank St. at certain times.

“You can move that many people by bus, but only if the roads are flowing,” Chernushenko said.

Stephane Sauve, manager and co-owner of the Glebe Meat Market, is anticipating road closures on Bank St. for large crowds.

“We’ll have to re-adjust the way we do things, for sure,” said Sauve.

Even smaller-sized crowds for Ottawa 67’s games have affected store hours.

“We used to be open ’til 8. Now we close at 7, because once the traffic starts really getting jammed around 6, 6:15, you don’t see anybody, apart from the walk-in customers,” said Sauve.

Sauve estimates half his clients drive to the shop, and he has three parking spaces out back.

“In our case, butcher shops, there’s not many left in Ottawa. So you know, I’ve got people from Orleans, Kanata, Gatineau, Manotick, all kinds of places,” Sauve said.

But as Wilkinson points out, Glebe residents can walk to games.

The recommendations will likely be on the March 7 transportation committee agenda.

@ottawasunkroche

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